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Dead woman found in McKenzie River

A woman was found dead in the McKenzie River Wednesday afternoon, according to the Lane County Sheriff’s Office. The woman was spotted on the riverbank, approximately 1 mile downriver from Helfrich Landing on the McKenzie River, by a river guide who contacted law enforcement, Sgt. Carrie Carver said. The woman …

Eugene administrators named to top city jobs

Eugene City Manager Jon Ruiz is settling on his executive team that has been in a state of flux for more than a year. Ruiz announced on Wednesday that he has named Kristie Hammitt as assistant city manager and Sarah Medary as public works director. Both women had served in …

Eugene police ask for help looking for woman

Eugene police are asking for the public’s help to find a missing and endangered 67-year-old woman, who has not been heard from since Saturday. Martha Berger missed a doctor’s appointment Monday, prompting a welfare check by Eugene police. When officers went to the woman’s home, Berger and her vehicle were …

All Lane County voters should have their ballots

Anyone who hasn’t received an election ballot has a problem. All registered voters in Lane County should have received their ballot by Tuesday, the county clerk’s office said. Ballots for the May 15 election were mailed to voters last Thursday. Voters still waiting on a ballot need to confirm they’re …

Cougar spotted in Springfield near middle school

A Springfield postal worker spotted a cougar Tuesday, not far from Agnes Stewart Middle School. The postal worker took a photo of the big cat about 1:30 p.m., walking down a gravel lane near South 28th Street and South F Street, less than a half-mile from Main Street. The photo …

Eugene’s new police chief, Chris Skinner, sworn in Wednesday

Chris Skinner, Eugene’s new police chief, was sworn in Wednesday afternoon, starting a new era for the 330-person department. Skinner, who was police chief in Richland, Wash., took the oath in front of a packed room of residents, police officers and several members of his extended family. He described the …

Springfield City Council race draws a pair of longtime local residents

SPRINGFIELD — The candidates for Ward 2 on the Springfield City Council have called the area home for more than a century combined. Steve Moe, 75, and James Yarnall, 80, have similar ideas for improving the city. Both view economic development and job creation as a key to expanding Springfield’s …

Eugene School District to have forum on proposed bell schedules

The public will have a chance to comment in person next week on the revised proposed school schedule for the Eugene School District. District officials want to know what parents, students and others think about the latest proposed bell schedule for elementary, middle and high schools. A forum for people …

City of Eugene launches new budget information website

A new website offers insight into how the city of Eugene spends money. Visitors to eugene-or.gov/openbudget will find financial information available to view as charts and graphs. Proposed city budgets often have more than 200 pages and adopted budgets typically have about 400 pages, said Eugene Budget Manager Jaime Garner. …